Negra Modelo
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #206
Ranked #49,115
3.37 | pDev: 15.73%
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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Notes: Negra Modelo, better known as "the cream of the beer", is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

Ingredients - Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a small head.

Very mild aromas of brown bread, cereal grains, and roasted nuts.

Flavor is basically brown bread with some grape nuts. Maybe Raisin Bran. No hop presence. Not terrible. Inoffensive and drinkable.

Feel is very watery with minimal carbonation. Bad batch? Definitely not right for the style. Beer is fresh, as dated on the bottle.

Overall, this is a...drinkable beer, I guess. Not something I'd stick my nose up at if it was offered to me. Both bottles I had were like flat soda, so not sure what happened there. Otherwise, the flavors and aromas are inoffensive at worst.

Jul 16, 2021
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Six pack from Food Express in Tobyahanna, freshness dated until 2-2022. I had one of these recently after not tasting one for about a decade, and I must say I'm very impressed... and not just by the gold foil! I figured I'd give it a proper review. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pilsner glass.

Look: Dark like a schwarzbier (my autocorrect keeps going to Schwarzenegger, which makes sense since this beer is a frickin' Action Hero). A solid cap of beige foam leaves behind very leggy lacing, clinging all over the place.

Smell: Fresh rye bread and a little hint of something like coffee or dark chocolate, but not very strong. Also a surspisingly pleasant vegetal note mixed in there somewhere.

Taste: Sweet but not too sweet. A little bit of hop bitterness up front, then rich chocolate malt coats the mid palate and finishes clean, with a little bit of hoppy skunk remaining akin to a Heineken. This aspect reminds me the most of regular Modelo (or "Modelo Especial" if you're nasty).

Feel: So, so, SO smooth. If you're looking for a Mexican session beer that doesn't require a lime, THIS is your boy right here. This stuff just glides down your throat, it's like drinking a majestic swan.

Overall, this is one of the best beers you can find almost anywhere, and by that I mean you can go to almost any store that sells beer and they'll carry this. There are better beers out there, but I'd gamble that none are as widely available or reasonably priced. In a word... Excellent.

Jul 11, 2021
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2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes pretty decent for what it is, it's a malty Modelo that remains light and refreshing, but it has an astringency after every sip that I can't get past.

May 31, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twenty-four lovely ounces of fluid poured from two squat brown twelve ounce bottles now temporarily reside in clear glass liter mug. The color is a solid dull brown, a little lighter on the fringes, with a modest biege head. A pleasant aroma of malt, hops and yeast allow the nose to share pleasure with the eyes. For a brown beer with an appealing aroma, the taste is on the mild side. Yeast and barley malt dominate the flavor, but there's enough hoppiness to keep it far from being too sweet. So much richer in taste and mouthfeel than ordinary lagers, but it's not up to the level of a good ale. Probably the best offering from this brewery, it can pair nicely with spicy foods. The glass lacing is even more modest than the head. This is a good example of the German-Austrian influence on Mexican brewing.

May 27, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always liked this one cold with a lime. Not much to look at, not much to smell, not a lot of taste, but refreshing. For a mass-produced Mexican beer, this is the best available.

May 22, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A smooth malty lager. Aroma of caramel, nut, and cocoa. A gentle floral hoppiness. Slightly creamy body with a clean finish. This might be the best beer from Mexico.

May 08, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown, bronze color. A soft, light tan head. SRM of 17. (4.00)

Aroma: Mild aromas of brown malts, caramel, brown bread, and nuts. (3.50)

Flavor: flavor follows with mild brown malt, brown bread, caramelized nuts. Only hints of cocoa. No roast. Malty, but rather dry and clean. (3.50)

Feel: Light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp on the palate. (3.75)

Compared to Stella Midnight Lager 5/6/21: Pours a lighter color Milder aromas/flavors. More brown bread/malts. Less cocoa/roast/smoke.

Overall: Can't believe I'm trying this one for the first time. Very mild brown malts/bread flavors. Clean and dry too. Rather simple and not complex. Not bad, but not going to wow you. A crushable darker beer maybe. For now Current Rating: 3.61

May 07, 2021
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Funyard from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Much better than all of you say it is. A Mexican Dunkel that has sweet raisin doppelbock reminiscent flavor. Good carbonation. A memorable friend when you need ‘ em. Thanks, Modelo.

May 06, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's straight up good - I was expecting it to be fine, but it's actually better than I expected - a real nice rich brew with ample dark fruits and a smooth, light body-style... Moderately sweet, suggestive of dates and raisins and prunes - with a hint of hoppage and spice - something of a sipper for me, despite the low abv...

Apr 02, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look I have a soft spot for the Mexican beers and this is definitely good, I'll mainly go for these types of things at restaurants. Obviously not mind blowing you should know what you're getting here.

Mar 19, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a copper amber color with a small white head and a little lacing.

S:. Notes of roasted malt, a touch of grain, and some sweet caramel.

T:. Roasted malt, caramel, a light hop presence, fairly solid, maybe a touch sweet.

F: lighter and easy drinking.

O:. It's nothing spectacular but it is fairly drinkable.

Mar 19, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper appearance with a small off white head and hardly any lacing. Muted malt aroma akin to wheat bread. Inoffensive flavor, moderately sweet, grainy. Hops have gone hiding. Modestly carbonated, light bodied mouthfeel. Consumed well within the 'best by' date. Nothing bad just nothing exciting.

Mar 05, 2021
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lionelzeus from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my go to beer very easy to drink
It's a tasty beer especially at the price point.
The beer is also easy to pair with a lot of different food.

Mar 01, 2021
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Beer-Tanker from Taiwan

3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Review from 12 FL Oz bottle)
Pour out light dark brown colour with little foam and very light activity of carbonation. Graceful aromatic with light caramel malt. Taste good with slightly sweeter taste of a lager. Better taste than it's look. Not bad

Jan 07, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo pours a darker amber color, with a very small, but long lasting, and barely lacing head Aroma is light, malty, with a hint of pretzel. Flavor is light, a little watery, malty, sweeter, with hints of sourdough. Lighter and watery, but nice carbonation. Overall, light, but still nice flavors, and enjoyable.

Dec 13, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing and easy to drink, this is a nice escape if you're over run with light American and Mexican style lagers lately. It's more of a 'when in Rome' type of beer. Can't complain too much, so grab a cold one and enjoy it.

Nov 27, 2020
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tssully1024 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo, deserves its name of "the cream of the beer", Nurtured from the foundation of a bold Munich brew that provides a subtle aroma of roasted malt and caramel with slight attack of hops. Settles into your glass with a soft copper color with a bold finish. Great friggin beer.

Oct 08, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a dark transparent copper color with off-white foamy head. Head fades away but retains around the circumference of the glass. Some lacing near the top.

Smell is rather subdued, which was a bit disappointing, but what you do get is pleasant. Nice combination of toasted nuts, malts, and bread.

Taste is thankfully more bold than the smell. Malts, nuts, and bread hit first, followed in the middle by a slight skunk and a minor but present hops bite. Finish is a balance of malts and the floral hops, medium length.

Carbonation helps the mouthfeel on this one. I wouldn’t call it high, but any lower and it would be too low. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - good Mexican representation of the German beers that inspired it. Modelo is far and away my favorite Mexican brewing company so far.

Sep 13, 2020
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Dmindifdoo from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer snobs will hate on this one because it isn’t urinated directly into their glass by a german beermeister, but remember, this is a beer you can buy in tall boy form at pretty much any gas station for 2.99 a pop. At that price point, there really isn’t anything that comes close. I like it because it’s good, it’s cheap, and easy to find. It’s also good, and cheap. Sure, it doesn’t taste exactly like a traditional Dunkel but that’s a plus for me. It’s like a Dunkel but easier to drink with less sour and bitter notes. Overall, it’s a great beer that should be celebrated more often.

Sep 09, 2020
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morimech from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After all these years reviewing beers I am finally reviewing one of the most popular imports around. Has more flavor than Corona or Modelo Especial. But with that said it lacks the depth of all malt Munich Dunkels. Dark copper color with very little head. No lacing. Slightly nutty and toasty aroma but not the largest aroma. Light body and nicely carbonated. I would not mind drinking this if this is the best thing on tap at a Mexican restaurant but not good enough to be put into any sort of rotation for casual drinking.

Sep 01, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber copper color with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Mild lightly dark malty taste, as it warms hints of chocolate, dark caramel, toast, molasses, almost cola, roasted nuts, dark dried fruit, and earthy herbal skunky floral hops.

Aug 20, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sixer of 12 fl oz bottles with gold foil neck wrappers that cover their pry-off crown caps nabbed at a convenience store in New Orleans, LA. I love their snubby design/form factor.

"Medium-bodied lager with slow-roasted caramel malts brewed for a rich, smooth taste." 5.4% ABV. Best before: FEB 2021.

Deep amber malt, bread crust/toast, treacle, toasted malt, caramel. Balanced and light to medium-bodied, lending it high drinkability. Depth of flavour isn't great, but I can't knock its balance or build...this is well within style conventions. It does have a sort of amber malt syrup/extract flavour that flirts with artificiality. Maybe 6-row is one of the base malts?

I get hints of cherry as it comes to temperature.

I don't love it, but it's better than I expected coming in. A cut above the usual North American attempts at the style, but not a beer that holds a candle to traditional German expressions.


Aug 09, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go-to at any mexican food joint, usually on draft, but equally as good in a bottle. Seems to pair with everything from the obigulatory chips and salsa to fajitas! The Bavarian influence is there for sure Solid, well-made beer! And that's all I have to say about that.

Jul 18, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the classic bottle into a tulip.

Pours medium amber with a modest off white head. It quickly departs but leaves decent lacing.

Caramel malts and lightly toasted malts on the nose. Buttery.

The flavor follows the nose, with toffee, bread and toast, and butterscotch. Just a bit of grassy/earthy hops at the finish for balance.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, but fairly light given everything else going on. A fairly light amber brew. Well carbonated. Not crisp, really, but still very drinkable.

Macro-ish? Sure. But for the price and availability, this is a solid brew.

Jul 11, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Caramel brown body with a fair head and bits of lacing here and there. Nose is medium dry toast and some caramel with a hint of non-malt sweetness. Taste hits a little more on the caramel than the toasted notes, with a similar adjunct possibility up front. The opening is malty but not overly sweet, and that is backed by a slightly bitter mix of hops and toasted malt accentuated by a semi-dry finish. A little watery with some lightly biting carbonation, this is a pretty decent macro offering even if partially because it's a bit different than most of them.

Jun 12, 2020
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